A hero - or a liar? Javier Cercas unravels the real Enric Marco and delves into humankind’s deep and conflicting needs for both fiction and truth. Translated by Frank Wynne.
The Impostor is a true story packed with fiction - fiction created by its main character, Enric Marco. But who is Enric Marco? A veteran of the Spanish civil war, a fighter against fascism, an impassioned campaigner for justice, and a survivor of the Nazi death camps? Or an old man with delusions of grandeur, a beguiling and compulsive liar who refashioned himself as a defender of liberty and who was unmasked in 2005 at the height of his influence and renown?